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State Farm to close Kalamazoo location in 2019, lay off 600

BY MiBiz Staff Thursday, May 04, 2017 04:34pm

KALAMAZOO — State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. plans to close its Kalamazoo office by 2019.

According to a statement, the company plans to consolidate functions at 11 facilities nationwide and move them to its headquarters in Bloomington, Ill. and offices in Atlanta, Dallas and Phoenix “as well as a number of existing locations across the U.S.”

The consolidation will take place over a four-year period starting next year. The move will affect 4,200 people nationwide.

“In order to adapt to the changing needs of our customers and continue to provide the remarkable service that our customers expect, we must continue to manage our business efficiently,” Mary Schmidt, executive vice president and chief administrative officer at State Farm, said in a statement.

State Sen. Margaret O’Brien, R-Portage, issued a statement saying the move would affect 600 people in Kalamazoo.

“State Farm has been a great community employer, and I continue to urge them to keep our Kalamazoo office open,” O’Brien said.

Other locations slated to be closed include Parsippany, N.J. and Petaluma, Calif. in 2018; Irvine, Calif. and Tulsa, Okla. in 2019; Indianapolis, Medly, Fla., Downers Grove, Ill. and West Lafayette, Ind. in 2020; and Bakersfield, Calif. and Frederick, Md. in 2021.

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